1399th Engineer Construction Battalion
Richard Kunio Okamoto, youngest of seven children, is born in 1918, in Waimea, Kauai.
His parents, Taka and Sozaburo Okamoto, are issei.
Taka is mainly a mother and homemaker. Sozaburo, an independent farmer, cultivates sugarcane to be processed at Waimea Mill. He also raises bananas, rice and pineapples; the latter in Kapaia, Kauai.
In the sugarcane fields, Richard helps with weeding, watering and "liliko" (harvesting pieces of cane); in the rice fields, he chases away hungry ricebirds.